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The Atlanta Braves may turn north to address their starting rotation ahead of the MLB non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com Noah Syndergaard Jersey , "the Braves and [Toronto] Blue Jayshave spoken about a possible [Marcus] Stroman trade, sources said Thursday, although there's no evidence of progress in those negotiations."Atlanta isn't the only team that has inquired about Stroman, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred:Jon Heyman JonHeymanseveral teams have checked in on Marcus Stroman. but strong belief is, with control to go, jays will hold onto him.Stroman, 27, is having his worst season as a pro http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-yoenis-cespedes-jersey , delivering a 3-7 record, 5.42 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 73 innings. He's alsodealt withbothshoulder inflammation and shoulder fatigue over the past year.But he's still under contract with the Blue Jays through the 2020 season.So why deal him, especially given the quality he's flashed in his career?Morosi cited two factors: "This is a seller's market for starting pitchers, due to the low supply of high-end trade candidates; and the contentiousness of negotiations over Stroman's 2018 contract (which led to a salary arbitration hearing) suggests the sides may not reach a long-term deal in the near future."For an Atlanta team trailing the Philadelphia Phillies by just 1.5 games in the NL East and fighting for a playoff berth this season, adding a player like Stroman and throwing another quality arm into the rotation would make sense.One factor the Braves are surely monitoring: In this past three starts, Stroman has given up just five earned runs in 19 innings, striking out 16. And since his return from shoulder fatigue Michael Conforto Jersey , he's given up more than three earned runs just once in six starts.If Stroman is wheeling and dealing once more, he could be a very nice addition in Atlanta. Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz enjoyed an excellent career that spanned two decades,聽being named to eight All-Star Games,聽winning the 1996聽NL Cy Young and guiding the Atlanta Braves to the 1995 World Series championship.Smoltz now works as a baseball analyst for MLB Network and Fox TV, but even he has gotten fed up with what the game has turned in to. Yes, there has been less offense, way more strikeouts and a decline in attendance league-wide.But for Smoltz, his biggest concern is the lack of exciting pennant races. This is a man who was part of the '90s Braves team http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-jose-reyes-jersey , one that had to fight and claw for every division championship.advertisingSpeaking to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Smoltz explained the factors that led to the disappointment of no true pennant races, and that the league must "hurry" when it comes to making changes."I don鈥檛 understand how a sport can play at least twice as many games as any other, and not have the same schedule," Smoltz said. "It鈥檚 mind-boggling to me. Don鈥檛 play interleague leagues. Don鈥檛 choose rivalries. Don鈥檛 manipulate the schedule. Just play everyone the same."The current MLB schedule sees clubs play all four of their divisional opponents 19 times each. They'll play six or seven games against each non-divisional team that's in the same league as them.advertisingThe unpopular interleague聽play sees each team in one division play all five teams in one of the divisions from the other league. For example, all five teams from the NL East played the five AL East teams this year.Each team has also been designated a "rival" interleague team, that they play four times a season. The New York Yankees and Mets play each other every year, as do the Chicago White Sox and Cubs Jeurys Familia Jersey , for example. Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY SportsSmoltz wants all of that to come to an end.His proposal? " a first-half and second-half scenario," which Smoltz believes has worked fine in the minor leagues.聽Nightengale broke down how such a format would work:advertising"If MLB adopted Smoltz鈥檚 proposal, the Oakland A鈥檚, 35-19 since the All-Star break, would win the second half, and play the Houston Astros in a best-of-three series at the end of the regular season to determine the AL West winner. The Tampa Bay Rays, 35-19 since the break, but out of the playoffs Mike Piazza Jersey , would now be playing the Boston Red Sox."Smoltz pointed out that the Boston Red Sox don't have an incentive to win 110 games at this point, with the AL East having been locked up for a month now. He also said maybe the Baltimore Orioles and WAshington Nationals wouldn't have sold key pieces at the deadline if MLB did the first/second-half scenarios."We鈥檝e got to get this game vibrant again. If we don鈥檛, it鈥檒l be unwatchable," Smoltz said.

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